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UPDATE: Sheriff: Alcohol involved in crash that killed 3

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TWO RIVERS (AP) -- Manitowoc County's sheriff says alcohol is believed to be a factor in an accident that killed an elderly couple and their daughter as they stood in a relative's yard.

Sheriff Robert Hermann said Thursday 79-year-old Lawrence Gerroll, his 75-year-old wife Lou Gerroll and 48-year-old daughter, Joan Gerroll, were watching a roofing project at the home of the couple's son near Two Rivers when all three were struck by a van that careened off the road and into the yard Wednesday afternoon.

The driver of the van, a 43-year-old Manitowoc woman, and her 6-year-old son suffered serious injuries in the crash and are hospitalized in Green Bay. The Manitowoc County coroner says the three Gerrolls died from blunt force trauma. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

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TWO RIVERS (AP) -- Authorities say an elderly couple and their daughter have died in eastern Wisconsin after they were hit by a van that left a road and careened into a yard where they were standing. The driver of the van and a young passenger were injured.

Manitowoc County Sheriff Robert Hermann tells the Herald Times Reporter (http://bit.ly/nzcQR6 ) the victims were standing on the lawn watching a roofing project Wednesday about 4 p.m. when they were hit by the van that went down an embankment and into the yard near Two Rivers. Hermann says a 79-year-old man, his 75-year-old wife and their 48-year-old daughter died at the scene.

Hermann says the 43-year-old driver of the van and her 6-year-old son were taken to a local hospital, then airlifted to Green Bay hospital.

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